CHINESE requests for changes to Australia's wool sales calendar are expected to be rejected by brokers and exporters.
Chinese importers have been lobbying for the Australian weekly auctions to begin a day earlier - on Tuesday.
Normally, sales are held on Wednesday and Thursday.
They also suggested the Australian trade consider a recess during the Chinese new year celebrations.
But the National Auction Selling Committee rejected the latter, remaining cool to Tuesday sales.
As part of the push for an earlier starting week, the trade ran a four-week trial last month to gauge Australian reactions.
Committee chairman Les Targ said while a full report on those reactions had not been finalised, the earlier start to the week appeared to be of little or no benefit to Australian trade.
Chinese importers have claimed earlier sales would allow them to finalise sale and shipping arrangements before the weekends. But on the push for a sale recess to coincide with the Chinese new year, the committee was unanimous in its rejection.
Mr Targ said holding a recess during the Chinese new year would be too disruptive, as the festivities could vary anytime during January or February.
"There is no evidence that Chinese reduce their buying under the current arrangements," he said.
One major change to the sales calendar being proposed by the committee was to bring forward the mid-year recess by three weeks, with the last sale of the season to be held in the second last week of June and sales to restart in the third week of July.
Mr Targ said the proposed change, due next year, would better match seasonal wool deliveries.